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Papers & Presentations

Dr. Jennifer Connor, Faculty of Medicine and Department of History, and Dr. J.T.H. Connor, John Clinch Professor of Medical Humanities and History of Medicine, are authors of the article titled Being Lister: ethos and Victorian medical discourse, published in the June 1, 2008, issue of Medical Humanities, an internationally peer reviewed publication that is one of the British Medical Journal stable of publications. It is the lead article and is designated as editor’s choice for open access. The article examines the writing of the Victorian surgeon Joseph Lister and includes comparative information about surgeon Thomas Roddick, a native of Harbour Grace.

Dr. Dale Kirby, Faculty of Education, and Leigh Chapman, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, presented a paper titled The Applied Degree in Canadian Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Critical Analysis of Benefits and Limitations with Recommendations for Educators Internationally at the second International Nurse Education Conference which took place in Dublin, Ireland, June 9-11, 2008.

Dr. Adrian Fowler, English, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, recently presented Peasants and Poets: Imagining the Nation in Ireland and Newfoundland, at An Leabhar Mòr, The Great Book of Gaelic Arts Festival, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on June 13. He also presented Inventing Ireland and Newfoundland: James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh, the keynote address at Joyce Day, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on April 10.

Dr. Amin Muhammad, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Gerry Mugford, assistant professor, are authors of the paper titled A Pilot Study of Bullying and Harassment Among Medical Professionals in Pakistan, focusing on psychiatry: need for a medical ombudsman, published in the June issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics of BMJ group. They also authored the paper titled Regional Variation in Expression of Depressive Symptoms, published in the July issue of Psychiatric Annals, an American education journal. Dr. Muhammad is sole author of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Should we Officially Include this Form of Treatment? This paper was published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association 2008 Vol. 58, No. 7, p: 413-414. This treatment has been approved in Canada for depression among patients who have not responded to medications.

As recipient of the 2008 Chemical Institute of Canada Award for Chemical Education, Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham gave the award address at the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Conference in Edmonton in May, his topic being General Chemistry: Fossilized or Futurized. In addition, he was invited speaker at the CSC symposium on making the classroom environment student-friendly, his presentation being titled They’re not Weeds, They’re Talented Flowers!

Preceding the CSC Conference, Dr. Rayner-Canham was invited Keynote Speaker at the College Chemistry Canada Conference, also held in Edmonton. The presentation, You Mean Chemistry is Interesting? Enticing Students Outside of the “Usual Suspects,” was in two parts, the first half on enticing on-campus students into chemistry was given by Dr. Rayner-Canham, and the second half on outreach was given by Christina Smeaton, the first student to accompany Dr. Rayner-Canham on his outreach to Labrador. Ms. Smeaton is currently a doctoral student at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research of the University of Windsor.

Bert Riggs, head of Archives and Manuscripts at the Queen Elizabeth II Library, gave a paper entitled “Charles Henry Danielle: Master of the Terpsichorean Art” at the annual conference of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, which was held in St. John’s from June 17 to 21, 2008. Professor Danielle was an American dancing master who settled in St. John’s in the latter part of the 19th century.